Library Column for December 18, 2019

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the International Falls Public Library!

Storytime tomorrow, December 19th at 10:30am will feature stories about Christmas with much merriment and play involved! Come listen to stories and rhymes followed by free play. This will be the last storytime of the year, storytime will resume on Thursday, January 9th at 10:30am.

The holiday season can be very busy, stressful and filled with difficult days. Visit the library for an hour or two and settle in with a book, magazine or make a gift. Let the library be your calming space this holiday season. No stress, just relax and enjoy a relatively quiet space and breath deeply. Use reading as your stress reliever.

Several authors have quite a collection of novellas, a perfect length for the busy holiday season. Try Debbie Macomber, Donna VanLiere, Karen Kingsbury, Richard Paul Evans or Anne Perry. Each has half a dozen or more Christmas tales. Of course there are also the classics that can be read every year including The Night Before Christmas by Clement Moore, The Polar Express by Chris VanAllsburg, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss and Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Try The Family Christmas Treasury: tales of anticipation, celebration and joy for an entire collection of beloved Christmas stories with many favorite characters.

And don’t forget audiobooks. If you find yourself feeling too tired to read at the end of the day, borrow one of these for a soothing, holiday pick-me-up. The Christmas Mouse and No Holly for Miss Quinn by Miss Read, John Grisham’s Skipping Christmas, A Charles Dickens Christmas by the Colonial Radio Theater with four Dickens Christmas stories or Favorite Stories of Christmas Past for ten classic Christmas stories. We also have four Richard Paul Evans Christmas novellas including Mistletoe Promise, Mistletoe Inn, Finding Noel and Christmas List.

Both Libby (Overdrive) and Hoopla, our digital services offer holiday titles as well. Try Hoopla for Christmas with the Sheriff by Victoria James or Jenny Colgan’s Christmas at Rosie Hopkins’ Sweetshop. If you prefer your Christmas with a bit of mystery try The Peppermint Peril by Joy Avon or Owl Be Home for Christmas by Donna Andrews on audiobook through Hoopla. Hoopla also recommends Tangled Up in Tinsel by Tonya Kappes or Marian Babson’s The Twelve Deaths of Christmas as eBooks.

Available from Libby is The Christmas Scorpion a Lee Child Jack Reacher story, and David Baldacci’s The Christmas Train. Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol is available as both audiobook and eBook from Libby as well as a Joanne Fluke Christmas Bundle with Sugar Cookie Murder, Candy Cane Murder, Plum Pudding Murder and Gingerbread Cookie Murder.

The library will close at 1pm on Tuesday, December 24th and re-open on Thursday, December 26th at 10am. The library will close at 5pm on Tuesday, December 31st and re-open on Thursday, January 2nd at 10am. Otherwise regular hours will be in effect, Monday – Wednesday 10am – 8pm, Thursday – Friday 10am – 6pm, Saturday 10am – 3pm.

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